Kiké Hernández gets a start at second base for the Dodgers with left-hander Blake Snell on the mound for the Rays, hoping to continue his hot streak. Hernández homered to tie Game 7 of the NLCS, and his RBI single in Game 1 of the World Series gave the Dodgers a 6-1 advantage.
Hernández, who is hitting .250/.318/.550 with two home runs this postseason, has a hit in each of his last four games that didn’t start. That’s two shy of the MLB postseason record for a reserve hit streak, jointly held by none other than Hernández.
World Series Game 2 lineups
|2B||Lowe (L)||SS||Seager (L)|
|1B||Choi (L)||1B||Muncy (L)|
|3B||Wendle (L)||CF||Bellinger (L)|
He won’t get a chance to extend that record in Game 2, starting and batting eighth. And with Will Smith back at catcher, that opens up the designated hitter spot for A.J. Pollock, with Chris Taylor sliding from second base in Game 1 to left field on Wednesday.
The only active Dodger with more than one career plate appearance against Snell is Mookie Betts, who was 7-for-23 with two doubles, a home run, and three walks while with the Red Sox, hitting .304/.370./.522.
With right-hander Tony Gonsolin starting for the Dodgers and another righty, Dustin May, looming, Tampa Bay inserted left-handed hitters Ji-Man Choi and Austin Meadows into the lineup, at first base and designated, respectively. Meadows is leading off, with Choi hitting cleanup.
Nobody active on the Rays has more than one at-bat against Gonsolin. Against May, the only Rays with more than one plate appearance are former Padres outfielders Hunter Renfroe (0-for-4, strikeout) and Manuel Margot (0-for-2). Both started in Game 1, while only Margot starts in Game 2, in right field, batting fifth.